Natural Cures for Catarrh

| Modified on May 21, 2020

Cure catarrh with natural remedies. Natural treatments such as apple cider vinegar, turmeric and vitamin C help to heal catarrh. These natural treatments will relieve inflammation while helping to flush nasal passages and sinus cavities. Commercial nasal sprays offer only temporary relief to this often chronic condition.

What Is Catarrh?

Catarrh often presents like a common cold with nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, and excess nose-blowing. However, if you’re experiencing these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have catarrh. As an actual diagnosis, catarrh is a persistent condition that continues long after a typical cold would have subsided. Additionally, individuals with the condition typically garner little relief from nose blowing or coughing and are stuck with the persistent feeling that something is caught in the throat or nasal cavity.

What Causes Chronic Catarrh?

At its root, catarrh is caused by the reaction of your immune system to an infection or irritation in your airways or nasal cavities. A number of different triggers are fairly common including the common cold and allergic reactions to pollen or dust mites. Other triggers include chemical irritants such as paint or perfume, changes in the weather, alcohol, spicy food, and stress.

What Natural Remedies Should I Use?

As we mentioned, many people turn to nasal sprays to treat this condition; however, those options offer only temporary relief and typically establish a recurring pattern of the condition. Natural remedies, on the other hand, heal the condition and prevent recurrence. While a number of natural treatments are available, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and vitamin C are among the most effective.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

One issue that may contribute to catarrh is an imbalanced pH in the body. A daily dose of 1 tablespoon of ACV in 8 ounces of water, helps rebalance the system and delivers a number of vitamins and minerals that restore health.

2. Turmeric

A warm, fiery spice, turmeric helps relieve the inflammation contributing to congestion. Turmeric also offers relief by helping to flush the nasal passages and sinus cavities.

3. Vitamin C

An essential vitamin, vitamin C supports the general functioning of the immune system and helps support recovery. It also helps combat underlying infection.

If you’ve been suffering with catarrh or simply have a nagging cough or runny nose, try one of these options and let us know how it works for you! See below for additional remedies from our readers!

Alkalize With Baking Soda

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Posted by Jan (Australia) on 05/21/2020

I accidentally cured my Catarrh which I had had from childhood.

I am now 75 and it happened 5 years ago. I had a very bad UTI and nothing fixed it until I read to take Bicarbonate of Soda. I took 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day for 2 days and that fixed the UTI but 2 weeks later I felt the mucus moving from the back of my throat. Since then I have had no more problems but I think the Bicarbonate of Soda fixed the PH of the body and this is why it has gone the body fixed itself as the PH of my body is not sitting on 7. I don't recommend taking that much Bi Carb at once, but if you can get your pH to 7 the body should fix itself.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Karl (Queensland, Australia) on 06/26/2011

Would apple cider vinegar be good for catarrh?

Replied by Caroline
(Hertfordshire, Uk)

Apple Cider Vinegar in water works a treat! I was feeling so yuck for about 6-7 months with no relief and only given chemical nasal sprays by my GP, I saw this advice and took it, coupled with a sea water nasal spray. This remedy is great. I am still a bit icky at times so am going to try the Turmeric.

Replied by Shannon
(Forster, Nsw)

How much apple cider vinegar do you use and do you drink it or use it in the nasal spray?

Replied by Caroline

Use 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water, about 80ml and drink it. No need to buy expensive stuff, Asda & Morrisons' both do one in a plastic bottler for under £1!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Vitamin C

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Posted by Brian (Vancouver) on 09/22/2016

For catarrh, I take 2 tablespoons of organic Apple Cider vinegar, get the unfiltered vinegar, the Mother as they call it, add 1 tsp of tumeric powder and 6-8 ounces of water and drink it fast with a 500mg vitamin C tablet and you are good to go, it tastes not bad and is easy to drink first thing in the morning

Flu Vaccine and Catarrh

Posted by David L. (R.C.T) on 09/29/2019

Does having the flu jab make the condition worse, or is that I think it does. I inhale Vick vapour to clear my airways down to my chest, but it's not a long term solution.

Replied by Anon

It might. Have you tried sriracha or horseradish? I have to mix black pepper with the sriracha but it tends to clear up congestion really well. It also seems to improve asthma symptoms. There is a brand that makes a product for the airways that contains eucalyptus leaf oil, myrtle leaf oil, and lemon zest oil. The softgels are enteric coated. I use them even when my lungs are fine because they make me feel warm and fuzzy all over. You might also try guanfenesin. Colloidal silver and lugol's iodine are other possibilities. Slippery elm powder. A decimated gut microbiome might cause the symptoms you describe, too.

Molasses and Gin

Posted by Annette Manders (Waco, Tx) on 06/04/2017

Molasses and gin for excessive mucous

I came across a reference to these two ingredients as a cure for catarrh. (from the late 1800's). Ever heard of this?

Vitamin C, pH Balancing

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Posted by Laverne (USA) on 07/18/2007

Hi Ted. I have been given this very useful website address and have found it most informative. I do need a little more help though as I am unable to find what I am looking for. I appear to have a problem with catarrh. This is not a cold as such but is basically a very persistent intermittent runny nose. I have to blow or wipe my nose several times a day, especially when eating or sometimes nervous. I very rarely get colds or flu so I am not sure how to treat this. It is very annoying and I would love to fine the right treatment to put an end to this for ever. I look forward to receiving some very useful advise on remedies.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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Laverne: A catarrh or persistent runny nose in my experience is a long term vitamin C deficiency, excess acidosis, and rancidity of fats in the body. My own remedy (recently revised) is A SINGLE DOSE (or taken only two days) disodium EDTA 50-100 mg with plenty of water) and BHT 250 mg.

Then vitamin C sodium ascorbate or rose hips is taken over a month, plus some vitamin A taken once a week over a month. A one tablespoon granulated lecithin is taken for only a week. Vitamin B complex taken only once a week for only a month.

The catarrh should go away within a month or two. Actually the fastest I have seen is only or two days, despite years of the condition.

Replied by Jackie
(London, Uk)

Hi Ted,

Do you have an updated treatment for Chronic Runny Nose/ Catarhh. I suffer from a runny nose all year round and its worse in the winter when its very cold.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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A quick way is sea salt. Half teaspoon sea salt in cup of water. It should work in ten minutes. The cause I found is lack of microcirculation to the nose caused by clogging of blood vessel from chocolate, ice cream, cheese, and fatty liver from excess fruit and alcohol intake. In some case there is atherosclerosis and to stop this I used EDTA and Vitamin C. I have updated the remedy to include vitamin k to prevent calcification of arteries. Brewers yeast or beta glucan may help reduce it too by helping immune system. Thiamine hydrochloride or bentothiamine also helps, about 1200 mg per day. If water soluble form best taken 300 mg at four times a day.

The cause of catarrh I found is long term b6 deficiency most often seen and as a result constipation and indigestion such as bloating sets in. The fungus and bacteria accumulates causing catarrh.

Try this first there is a lot more remedy for this but time is lacking. Ted

Replied by Renee

I have a natural salt pipe but I am not having any relief for chronic catarrah in my throat, what do I do with the turmeric?

EC: Here is one post about using turmeric for catarrh.


Replied by Altaf

I am suffring from post nasal drip since 2010. All tests and scans are ok. Shall I try EDTA to get rid of this?